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Seven tips for more efficient Googleing

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Since its start in 1998, Google has grown to become one of the largest search providers in the world. Here are seven tips to using Google more efficiently:

    1. Searching within a specific domain
      • You remember where you read something, but not the exact name of the article. To find all articles containing your search word, enter site: followed by the domain you want to search.

        E.g.: google site:razumny.no

 

    1. Search for a specific filetype
      • You know what kind of file you want, and you know what it’s called. Use filetype: followed by the filetype.

        E.g.: movie filetype:avi

 

    1. Omit words for greater accuracy
      • If you’re getting many unrelated hits, try omitting keywords to increase te number of relevant hits

        E.g.: Paris -Hilton

 

    1. Defining a word
      • You want to know the definition of a word. Use define: followed by the word.

        E.g.: define: recursion

 

    1. Google Calculator
      • Google can be used for pretty advanced mathematical calculations. A list of commands can be found here

        E.g.: The search 1 a.u./c will yield the result
        (1 Astronomical Unit) / the speed of light = 8.31675359 minutes

 

    1. Currency conversion
      • Simply use money 1 in money 2

        E.g.: NIS in NOK

 

  1. Include synonyms in your search
    • By placing a tilde (~) before your search word, you’ll include synonyms

      E.g.: ~concept will also yield hits for the synonym idea

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